It may be super sticky these days but the hazy, lazy days of summer mean one thing: back away from the kitchen! Instead of cooking, head to a super family-friendly restaurant with an outdoor space—deck, porch or garden—that offers the ultimate pairing: good food for all and a place where the kids are truly welcome. It’s a unique combination, and we found more than a dozen spots around town that fit the bill. Click through for our eating en plein air recommendations.

To Get Super Fancy in the West 30s: L’Amico

Sixth Avenue has never looked as good as it does from this vantage point. In an outdoor space surrounded by big pots of flowers and trees, a little oasis in the shadow of Penn Station area exists! Consider visiting here for a fancy brunch with kids who are more MasterChef Junior than Chuck E. Cheese; it's served Sundays starting at 11:30 AM. There’s much to experiment with on the menu, which features organic eggs from Five Acre Farms in Vermont. We’re talking brunch that goes way up a notch with dishes like French toast and sheep milk ricotta with almond, grapefruit and banana marmalade or Wood oven baked eggs.

849 Avenue of the Americas (at 30th St.)
Online: L’Amico

photo: L'Amico


What’s your city spot to grab some grub with the kids outdoors? Tell us in the comments below!

—Lambeth Hochwald